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For details on our current programmes DIG/Voyage 1 & 2/CRE/Chair Based Exercises – See pages 6 and 7 of the First Taste Annual Report 2017.

From 1997 all tutors and trustees have accumulated vast experience of working in care/nursing homes and day centres, gaining much awareness of holistic care skills.

INTER-ACTIVE ARTS PROGRAMMES:- various inter-active music,memory, & movement plus arts & crafts sessions in day centres for older people – sponsored by D.D.C. Older Peoples’ Services.

Our programme PACT ran for 3 years and is aimed at:

  • Enhancing and developing care staff skills by utilising creative arts in an educational format.
  • Supporting the development of quality care for homes’ residents and day centre members.
  • Using qualified tutors to deliver multi-facetted workshops to care staff, including I.T. as a major initiative seeking to develop new technology with the care staff.  Then through them ultimately reaching older people personally.
  • Working with local secondary schools and encouraging their students to act as I.T. mentors to both care staff and residents.

We are indebted to the following funding bodies
Sainsburys Headley Trust
UK Online
Ernest Bailey Trust
Derbyshire County Council Intergenerational Service

Intergenerational work with groups of pupils from Highfield School Matlock, Lady Manners School Bakewell and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Ashbourne continues.

We have to thank Cecelia Harris (Topic Social Care Manager) – Tom Cheshire & Stuart Bridden Highfield School teachers, for the success of the project to date.

The TOPIC model of good practice is continuing to be used in all current First Taste programmes.

H.E.A.T (Holistic, Educational & Arts Training) for Derbyshire County Council’s care staff. Funded by DCC.

Activity training report.
Training activities Autumn 2011 report.
Training activities March 2012 report.

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Various Inter-active Programmes have been funded by a wide range of funders e.g. Lankelly Foundation, Esme Fairbairn, East Midlands Arts Council, National Lottery Awards for All and a wide variety of other local funders/private donations.

Funding has been given by a variety of funders such as Lankelly Foundation,Primary Care Trusts & Health Authorities to support evaluations by an independent arts consultant of a number of our larger programmes.

TOPIC programme was successfully completed in two years with the final data and statistics presented at the First Taste seminar 2009 and as shown below. For more information please contact first taste office.

  • Participating Homes – 14
  • Participating Day centre(s) – 1
  • Registered residents -1200
  • Registered care staff – 48
  • Participating visitors – 12
  • Certificates of Achievement awarded to care staff – 106